Obedience Is Not Legalism

It seems in this man made religious system/culture that if someone claims obedience to the scriptures in full, that they are immediately labeled as legalists, Pharisees or accused of imposing legalism (works) on others. We  do not teach works based salvation and the people who "cry out" this at us can never show us or back up their claims from our site or God's Word at all.  

The word legalism does not occur in the bible, it is simply a term Christians use to describe a doctrinal position emphasizing a system of rules and regulations for achieving both salvation and spiritual growth.

A Christian adhering to ALL biblical doctrine and teachings is not legalism, it is obedience because God’s Word teaches that disobedience to scripture is sin, not legalism.  The Pharisees imposed legalism on the Jews in the manner of man-made rules that added to their righteous standing before God which is a lie. We do not teach this at all!

God’s Word shows us that we cannot work our way to heaven…

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:9)

We also see that the New Testament is full of instructions on obedience from how we are to act, think, speak, what participate in, promote, approve of, dress, talk, etc. 

Paul explains how he was set free from the law through our Savior Jesus Christ:

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.   
(Romans 8:12-14).

 "But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law" (Galatians 5:18). 

Christians are not under the law.  Jesus Christ fulfilled the law thus giving us salvation by grace through faith.  With the guidance the Holy Spirit who indwells born again believers, God calls us to good works as fruit (biblical obedience in all things.)

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.   If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  (John 15:1-8)

Please try telling a police officer he is a legalist for ticketing you for running just one stop sign. You are guilty are you not? If you are breaking Gods Word and law you should stop it (repent) if you claim to be Christ's. No matter a murder or one little lie we are to obey, be pure and holy in all our ways / 1 Peter 1:15
It is that simple and the Word teaches this all over. To ignore it means you are disobedient and sinful. Most people we find who sit in a pew or teach behind a modern pulpit are making excuses for their daily sin as they love their flesh and the things of this world. God's Word says.... those are NOT His true people.see Romans 6

Fact: the bible NEVER calls His saints, sinners!

Let’s look at a few issues that are considered ‘legalism’ (according to the disobedient, carnal Christian today) and see what God’s Word has to say.

Practicing Christ's true NT church body and not man made religion full of error and lies. / John 4;24 

Clothing (see link here) is defined in 1 Timothy 2:9 and 
1 Peter 3:3

Women pastors (see link here) are unbiblical see 1 Timothy 2:12; 1 Corinthians 14:34; Titus 1;1 Timothy 3.

Submission of wives is declared in 1 Peter 3:1; Colossians 3:18; Ephesians 5:21-24; 1 Corinthians 14:34.

Headcovering (see link here) is instructed in 
1 Corinthians 11.

Separation from the world (such as sports/NFL click for link here, ungodly tv and movies, carnal magazines and novels, ungodly music etc.) is directed in Romans 12:2; 1 Peter 1:15-16, Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 2:10, 1 John 2:15.  One could also run these activities through Philippians 4:8 to see if they are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. 

Religious holidays such as Halloween, Easter, Christmas (click here for link) are condemned in Deuteronomy 12:29-32, Colossians 2:8, Jeremiah 10:1-5, John 4:24, Revelation 22:14-15, Psalm 119:128, Ezekiel 20:39, Deuteronomy 7:25

Adhering in obedience to scripture is not legalism, it is simply obedience to God’s commands through His Word as godly fruit you are His.

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth  not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.   
(1 John 2:4)

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26)

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 
(1 John 3:18)

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him  (Hebrews 5:9)

In our experience the people who try to NOT obey all of God's Word love the things of the carnal world and 1 John 2;15 calls them out! Those who wish to contradict scripture are in grave danger and in love; need to be warned.

Obeying ALL of God's Word once you claim His name is NOT legalism or being a Pharisee at all. It is God honoring and the fruit of a TRUE born form above believer. 

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